June 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Michael Hughes

Local author Michael Hughes has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday June 18, 2014. Michael will speak about the long journey from first draft to publication, with an emphasis on his experiences (good and bad) with a new digital imprint at a major publisher. He’ll discuss craft, process, agents, ebooks, marketing, and answer questions about the new landscape of publishing.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker:
Michael M. Hughes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters. He writes fiction and nonfiction, and his bestselling debut novel, Blackwater Lights, was released by Hydra (Random House) in 2013. He is currently at work on a sequel. When he’s not writing, Hughes performs as a mentalist (psychic entertainer) and speaks on Fortean and paranormal topics. – See more at: http://michaelmhughes.com/

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May 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Yvonne Medley

Local author and journalist Yvonne Medley has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014. She will speak on how to create the voice and vibe of your characters as well as the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, her personal experience with both.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Yvonne Medley is also founder of the Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. (a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization) and the author of several books. She conducts her Life Journeys Writing Workshops, designed to empower/encourage incarcerated men and women as well as youth and adults, and fellow writers within the general population. She wrote The Prison Plumb Line (2011), a novella with a play and a feature film option in the works; God in Wingtip Shoes (2012), a novel; and its prequel, Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine (2013), a novel, dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness due to Medley’s personal experience featured in the book. Medley has worked on staff at The Washington Times and freelanced for several publications, such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, and Gospel Today Magazine. She also teaches English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education to adult learners. For more information on the speaker’s work, see www.yvonnejmedley.com and www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

March 2014 meeting of the Annapolis MWA – Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, author of two novels of military fiction, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on March 19th, at 6:30pm. He will share the story of his ongoing journey as a writer, and talk about his publishing paths – both as a commercially published author and your self-published experience.

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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the author: Stephen Phillips graduated from the USNA in 1992 and served in the U.S.
Navy as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.
His debut novel, Proximity, is praised for its exciting an authentic view of life in a military bomb squad. Proximity garnered a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. The Naval Institute Press published Stephen’s second novel, The Recipient’s Son. Set at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1990s, it is the story of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his legacy as the son of a war hero and with doubts about his own courage. For more information on the author, see stephen-phillips.blogspot.com.

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February 2014 meeting of the Annapolis MWA – Randy Baker

Local playwright, director and educator Randy Baker has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday February 19, 2014. The speaker is the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre, is on the faculty of American University, as well as the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and is a member of The Playwright’s Arena. Randy also offers classes through the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. He will speak on his experiences and success as a playwright.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Besides writing and directing for the Rorschach Theatre, Randy Baker has directed for Source Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, First Draft, NCDA’s Actors Repertory Theatre, Wayward Theatre, Cherry Red Productions, American University, Imagination Stage and Young Playwrights Theater. Randy grew up overseas, mostly in Malaysia and Singapore and came back to attend the University of Richmond. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and currently lives in Adams Morgan with his wife, costume designer Debra Kim Sivigny. He received his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. For more information about the speaker, see www.rorschachtheatre.com/about-us/tribe/randy-baker/ and randybakerdc.wordpress.com.

April 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – John DeDakis

Local author, journalist, editor and writing coach John DeDakis will speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday April 16, 2014. DeDakis, the author of three mystery-suspense novels, will speak on the topic “From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).” He’ll trace is nearly 45-year journalism career – from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot to his job as an editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” – and how it eventually led to becoming an author and writing coach. He’ll also share his advice on how to get an agent and get your writing noticed.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Journalist and novelist John DeDakis (pronounced Deh-DAY-kiss) is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of two mystery-suspense novels, Fast Track and Bluff. Troubled Water, the third novel in his Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series, will be published in February 2014. In his novels, DeDakis writes from the point of view of a twenty-something young woman. Journalist, author and syndicated columnist Diane Dimond writes about DeDakis, “[H]ow he can write so convincingly about a woman in the field [of journalism] is astounding!” DeDakis is a manuscript editor and writing workshop leader. During his nearly 45-year, award-winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. He lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches journalism at The University of Maryland – College Park. John’s website: http://www.johndedakis.com

His handout
Getting an Agent and Getting Noticed (pdf) is also available.

Upcoming Annapolis writing workshops

We’re now taking registrations for Writer’s Center workshops at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland. You can register for all Writer’s Center workshops at http://www.writer.org or call us at 301-654-8664.

Turning Points: The Role of the Volta in Poetry
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Saturday, January 18, 2014 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

Although we associate the term volta with the traditional sonnet form, it has been used with great success by many contemporary poets. Marking a shift in the poem’s tone, subject or logic, the volta has been compared to a change of key in music. In this workshop, we will explore how turning your attention in a new direction can open up a poem, allowing it to leap to another level of significance or meaning.

How Poems Begin
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Saturday, March 8, 2014. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

“Let us go then, you and I,/ When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherized upon a table…” Poets and poems are often remembered for their opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, we will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their poems and then look at some poems that break with tradition and still draw the reader in.

Ten Steps to a Great Tale
Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Saturday, March 15, 2014. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

Let’s discuss the necessary elements to make your story compelling, resonant and accessible to the reader. Learn to identify where to begin, how to end and the skills needed to traverse the murky middle. Appropriate for those writing short stories, novels and those who wish to incorporate fictional techniques in memoir.

Workshop Leaders:

Lynn Schwartz’s plays have been performed in Atlanta and NYC, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has authored numerous lifestyle features. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in NYC and received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is a graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. She teaches fiction at St. John’s College.

Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Golden Hour (2006), and the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry series, read on NPR by Garrison Keillor, and featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column. She taught at Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Central Connecticut State University before moving to the Eastern Shore in 2006. She was awarded the 2010 Maryland Author Prize from the Maryland Library Association.